Swallow – Blow

I was well impressed with Swallow when they appeared at the Joiners, this is what their Myspace page says and it sums up everything.

‘Swallow were the duo of Mike Mason and Louise Trehy. Signed to 4AD, they only made two releases before leaving. A briefly resurrected Rough Trade label enabled them to release a further EP before they disbanded. Swallow were an underrated band who never achieved their potential. Saddled with a replacement Cocteau Twins tag the band remixed their debut album Blow to break down the John Fryer production creating the more interesting album Blowback. After relationships with 4AD broke down Swallow began writing and recording at home. A newly funded Rough Trade records released a four track EP Hush which included a cover of Steve Miller’s “Dear Mary.” At this point Swallow briefly toured with Mazzy Star. In the middle of their album recordings Rough Trade lost their funding and for the second time Swallows recording efforts were in tatters. At this point Mike Mason and Louise Trehy’s relationship ended and Swallow were no more. Mike Mason continues with music and Louise Trehy left the music industry.’

Swallow: Blow

Lovesleep
Tastes Like Honey
Sugar Your Mind
Mensurral
Peekaboo
Lacuna
Oceans And Blue Skies
Follow Me Down
Halo
Cherry Stars Collide
Head In A Cave

I think part of the appeal was Louise Trehy, she definitely had a look that was magnetising to 16 year old shoegazers. Strangely enough the album cover has a picture of a liver on it.

It’s been over 20 years and I still have a teenage crush on the oh so dreamy Louise, thankfully, she has re-entered the music scene via Strata Florida 

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3 thoughts on “Swallow – Blow

  1. Wow….
    Haven’t heard this in years…. Great album…
    shame about this band, they should have been massive….
    A very Big thank you my friend

  2. Don’t forget Louise Trehy also appears on ‘One Too Many Mornings’ on The Chemical Brothers’ album ‘Surrender’

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